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Hiller Aviation Museum

San Carlos, California

The Hiller Aviation Museum, founded by helicopter designer and inventor Stanley Hiller Jr., opened to the public in 1998, featuring over 50 aircraft from more than a century of aviation history. The museum celebrates the spirit of discovery and innovation of aviation pioneers, whose creativity made flight a reality. The Hiller is currently home to one of the oldest aircraft in the Smithsonian collections—the Maupin-Lanteri Black Diamond, which was built in California in 1911. Since becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2009, the museum has taken part in Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live! event, which spotlights museums nationwide.